Ann Arbor Hospice has come a long way in the last 30 years, as has the field of hospice care.
Gloria Brooks is president and CEO of Arbor Hospice.
She says they started back in 1984 seeing nine patients a day. Now, Arbor Hospice cares for more than 250 patients a day in Washtenaw County and six other counties in southeast Michigan.
Brooks says hospice facilities have faced challenges over the years, most recently from the Affordable Care Act, which has reduced payments to providers.
Arbor Hospice also took a two percent funding hit from sequestration in January of 2013.
Arbor Hospice relies on a dedicated group of volunteers to provide complimentary services like music, massage and pet therapy.
Arbor Hospice celebrates its 30th anniversary with the Ann Arbor Garden Walk Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its facility at 2366 Oak Valley Drive in Ann Arbor.
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